Government actions to date

The SCC recommended immediate action by government in the areas below to help offset business challenges. Find a full list of recommendations and government action on a provincial and federal level here.

Federal business resources

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)

The new Canada Recovery Hiring Program, which will be available retroactive to June 6, 2021, will help businesses hire workers and increase workers’ hours or wages.

Canada Small Business Financing Program

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.  Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. For more information download their PDF pamphlet or click here to find a lender near you.

Government of Canada Business Benefits Finder

The Government of Canada has introduced many COVID-19 supports to help businesses weather the storm. To get a tailored list of the ones that fit your business situation or to discover other federal, provincial and territorial programs and services designed to help Canadian businesses grow, try the interactive business benefits finder. You can also sign up for the notification feature to receive emails when there are changes to your favourite programs, when application deadlines are approaching, or when a new program that meets your needs is introduced.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

RRRF is a national $2 billion needs-based program delivered by the Government of Canada’s regional development agencies, including Western Economic Diversification Canada, to fill gaps by helping support businesses and organizations unable to access other federal pandemic support programs or continue to experience hardship after accessing these measures.

For businesses located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, contact:
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)

Regional Air Transportation Initiative

The Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) is a $206 million initiative that aims to help regional air transportation ecosystems affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. It will support regional and local air carriers and airports that are critical regional transportation hubs or fill essential service gaps in Western Canada. This support will enable the air transportation system in Western Canada to remain operational through these difficult times and continue to support the economic growth of our communities.

Apply before March 2022 here:
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Telephone: 306-975-4373
Toll Free: 1-888-338-9378
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
Fax: 306-975-5484

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)

Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. These loans are for small and medium-sized businesses that have seen their revenues decrease by 50% or more as a result of COVID-19.

Find out more here.

Lockdown Support for Businesses

The Federal Government has announced the Lockdown Support program. This program is available to organizations that have been forced to temporarily close or temporarily have their business activities reduced due to lockdown. Learn more here.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to provide direct relief to businesses, non-profits, and charities that continue to be economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

The Government of Canada announced the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). LEEFF aims to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going. LEEFF will provide additional liquidity for Canada’s largest businesses, to allow them and their suppliers to remain active and position them for a rapid economic recovery.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations.

Work-Sharing program

The federal government extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program until September 6, 2021. The Work-Sharing program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is for small and medium-sized businesses to borrow up to $6.25 million to help cover payroll and operating costs for periods when revenues were temporarily reduced due to the pandemic.

provincial business resources

Saskatchewan Government COVID-19 Resources

Resources specifically for Small Business and Entrepreneurs

BDC COVID-19 Supports for Canadian Business

What Supports to Access and How: Advisors for Small Business from Advocis Connect

Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs – BDC

Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by COVID-19 – BDC

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

This $25 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.

resources for Exporters

Export Development Canada

Resources for Indigenous Communities

  • In partnership with Indigenous Services Canada, SMEDCO is delivering a COVID-19 impact fund for Métis communities and microbusinesses. The Fund will provide Métis community owned businesses and Small / Microbusinesses in Saskatchewan that have experienced reduced revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with two streams of COVID-19 supports. Stream one focuses on providing access to business assessment, advisory, and recovery supports from professionals and stream two focuses on providing non-repayable contributions to support ongoing operations.

Resources for employers

How to complete a Record of Employment

Managing Staffing and Leave

EI Information for Employers

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Work-Sharing Program and Temporary Special Measures

resources for workers

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Saskatchewan Government support for workers

EI sickness benefits: What these benefits offer

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
You may apply up to a total of 4 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. You cannot apply for periods that are closed.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. Each household may apply up to a total of 38 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

resources for the tech sector

Innovation Saskatchewan & the Ministry of Immigration & Career Training did a webinar on resources & supports available to founders, executives & employees in the TECH SECTOR during the COVID-19 crisis. Find it here.

resources for farmers and the agri-food sector

Advance Payments Program

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Alleviating Industry Financial Pressure – Farm Credit Canada

General Resources

Public Health Agency of Canada’s webpage on general COVID19

Avoid COVID-19 Fraud

Business Input

March 2020 survey: Please find the recap of the COVID-19: Business Impact Survey here.

April 2020: Please find the recap of the COVID-19: Current State of Business Survey here.

April 2021: Find a recap of the COVID-19: Business Impact Survey on our InputSask hub.


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Human Resources

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Ask an MNP Professional

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Saskatchewan


Accounting Firms

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Grant Thornton


Baker Tilly Canada

  • Baker Tilly has produced a guide outlining financial relief measures available to businesses and individuals who are impacted economically by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Baker Tilly has also set up a “COVID-19: Business guidance” hub, which is regularly updated with the latest tax and financial measures impacting Canadian businesses in the wake of the pandemic, as well as helpful resources.

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